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Noon Concerts: Black Cedar

Throckmorton Theatre, Mill Valley

Throckmorton Theatre, Mill Valley Noon Concerts: Black Cedar

Kris Palmer, flute
Steve Lin, guitar
Isaac Pastor-Chermak, cello

Trio Sonata in C Minor from Musical Offering by Johann Sebastian Bach (1685-1750)
Largo
Allegro

Terzetto in D Major, M. S. 69 by Nicolò Paganini (1782-1840)
Allegro con brio
Minuetto
Andante larghetto
Rondo

Oblivion by Astor Piazzolla (1921-1992), arranged by Steven Lin

Tres Colores (2018) by Javier Contreras, commissioned by The Black Cedar Trio

As a rare ensemble dedicated to music for flute, cello, and guitar, Black Cedar creates, discovers, and re-imagines works for this unique combination. The trio’s accolades include multiple grants from both the Zellerbach Family Foundation and InterMusicSF, plus an invite to the National Flute Association Convention. Their 2016 debut album, A Path Less Trod has earned critical praise, with Stephen Smoliar’s The Rehearsal Studio blog writing, “While the instrumentation is unconventional, it is surprisingly effective…Black Cedar is particularly effective for the rhetoric of intimacy they establish…an intimacy evident in the strategic command of understatement one encounters in the performances on this new album.”

Black Cedar’s commissions include Of Emblems (2014) by Garrett Shatzer, Miscellaneous Music (2015) by Durwynne Hsieh, and In Transit (2017) by Ursula Kwong-Brown, The Devil Inside by Mark Fish (2016), Tres Colores (2018) by Javier Contreras, In The Spring (2018) by Andre Gueziec, and Out of Nothing (2018) by Victoria Malawey. AllMusic Review’s James Manheim writes, “Miscellaneous Music makes the whole package worth the price of admission with its way of thinking through the possibilities of the ensemble and with its sheer high spirits…Hsieh defines boundaries between the roles of the three disparate instruments, and then crosses them gleefully.”

Since their formation in 2013, the trio has performed approximately 75 concerts throughout California, and they’ve appeared repeatedly on KALW 91.7 FM in San Francisco, KKUP 91.5 FM in San Jose, and KWMR 90.5 FM in Marin County. “Hats off to them!” writes the Santa Cruz Sentinel. “Black Cedar has done a wonderful job of making the case that chamber music can involve approaches to instrumentation not usually expected,” says the San Francisco Examiner.

Black Cedar’s 2019 season includes appearances at the Dominican Center in Fremont, the San Francisco Public Library, the Berkeley Public Library, the Temescal Art Center in Oakland, the Octopus Literary Salon in San Francisco, and the Throckmorton Theatre in Marin County.

Violinist Wendy Loder received her first lessons from her mother, then studied with Charles Meacham, Serban Rusu & James Carter. Wendy attended San Domenico School as part of their “Virtuoso Program” and graduated cum laude from Dominican University. At the age of 17, she was accepted into the Marin Symphony, performing regularly with them until joining the San Francisco Opera Chorus as a singer. Wendy has continued performing as both a violinist & opera singer. She currently serves as Concertmistress of the Marin Echo Orchestra, and performs with the Quantum Quintet.

Wendy has won many awards including: Finalist, Opera by the Bay Competition; Regional Finalist, MacAllister Competition; Semi-finalist, Zachary Competition; Grand Prize Winner, Bella Resek Competition; Marin Symphony Memorial; San Francisco N.A.T.S. Winner in 2 Divisions and Edwin Barlow Memorial Award.

Wendy teaches Violin, Piano and Voice, both privately and at San Domenico. Her students have performed with San Francisco Opera, Lamplighters, San Francisco Girls Chorus, YPSO, Marin Symphony Youth Orchestra, Young Women's Choral Project, and have been featured as soloists on video games, as well as have won the Marin Music Chest competition.

Wendy can be heard playing her violin on film sound tracks, several radio & T.V. commercials and with numerous symphonies and chamber ensembles around the Bay Area. She is the musical director of the Lawrence String Groups, providing ensembles for hundreds of weddings & special events every year. In addition, Wendy serves as the Music Minister for Trinity Lutheran Church in San Rafael. She is happily married and the proud mother of two beautiful daughters.

Steve Lin has concertized throughout the United States, Italy, the Philippines, and Taiwan. He is acclaimed by Classical Guitar Magazine as “a confident player with a powerful sound, quick hands, and a solid musical memory”and praised by American guitar virtuoso Eliot Fisk as a performer who “plays with an innate and uncommon elegance.”

Steve was the first prize winner at the 2006 Boston GuitarFest Competition and the 2001 East Carolina University Guitar Competition. He has performed at the Mérida Yucatán Guitar Festival, Yale Guitar Extravaganza, L’Accademia Musicale Chigiana, ChitarraImperia Festival, and the Stetson Guitar Workshop. A recording artist for VGo Recordings, Steve has released two albums. The first, Eliot Fisk Series Vol. 1 is a joint effort with guitarist Joseph Williams II and La Bella Strings and was dubbed “innovative and exciting” by Minor 7th Acoustic Guitar Music Reviews. His second CD, Imagen features the Latin American compositions of Agustín Barrios and Antonio Lauro, which Classical Guitar Magazine called “brilliant and virtuosic.” A third CD is underway and will feature Asian and Asian-inspired music.

Isaac Pastor-Chermak leads a diverse and active musical life at home in Northern California and around the United States. A quintessential 21st-century artist, he engages deeply as a cellist, teacher, conductor, and administrator, motivated by an abiding love of sharing great music with friends and collaborators.

As an orchestral cellist, Isaac performs as Assistant Principal Cellist of Opera San Jose, Principal Cellist of the Waterloo-Cedar Falls Symphony; Associate Principal Cellist of the Stockton Symphony; and as a member of the Monterey Symphony, Santa Cruz Symphony, Santa Barbara Symphony, and Dayton Philharmonic. Isaac is also Assistant Principal Cellist at the Eisenstadt Classical Music Festival in Austria, and Co-Principal Cellist of the Lake Tahoe Music Festival. In past seasons, he has enjoyed time as Principal Cellist of Portland Opera, as well as membership in the West Virginia Symphony and Walla Walla Symphony.

In addition to performing with the Black Cedar Trio, Isaac frequently partners with pianists Miles Graber and Alison Lee in sonata programs. With Ms. Lee and violinist Nicole Oswald, Isaac is one-third of Ensemble 1828.

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